Florentine Thomas Angel, 71, of Billings, Montana joined the heavens above on October 3,2020. He was born on August 8, 1949 in Sidney, Montana, to Jose “Jim” and Sarah (Luna) Angel. Tom was the 7th child out of 10 children: Jessie Wenstrom, Phil Angel, Jose Jensen, Anthony Angel, Lucy Angel, Martin Angel, Margaret Angel, David Angel, and Connie Angel. Tom graduated from Sidney High School in 1967 then enlisted in the Marines in 1968. Tom served in The Vietnam War for 3 years and came home with 1 Purple Hearts. Once back stateside, Tom married Carol Simenson in 1971, had 5 children, Christine, Gerrick, Aprell, Quincy, and Amanda. In 1985, Tom and Carol divorced. In 1989, Tom married Cindy McClammy, with no children together, he did raise Cindy’s daughter, Ashley, as his own. In 2016 Tom and Cindy divorced. Tom remained close to each of his ex-wives.
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Over time, Tom acquired many working skills. Just to list a few, he worked at Shell Oil in Baker MT, owned Angel’s Upholstery in Thermopolis, WY, and finished out the rest of his years as an independent car hauler in Billings, MT until he retired in 2008. During Tom's retirement years, he spent his time working with horses and enjoying his grandchildren. Those who knew him well, knew he was stubborn, a fighter, a father, a Papa, and a friend you could depend on. He was always there when you needed a hand.
Tom's big struggle started in March of 2018, when he lost his right leg to an old war injury. Tom worked hard to gain his independence back and his love of riding horses. Late 2018, Tom joined Horses Spirits Healing, Inc., a veteran equine therapy group, where he attended faithfully every Wednesday before his passing. A few days before his passing, Tom performed his last tribute for his fellow veterans that was conducted by Amanda Ott and crew. Tom was also highly active at Adapted Performance Center, a veteran gym run by Karen Pearson and Mitch Crouse, where he inspired younger veteran warriors every day. Tom pushed through every day until his passing.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jessie Wenstrom and Lucy Angel. He is survived by his 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Daughter Christi (Don) Pehringer of Gillette WY, children: Dakota Angel, Mellisa Claver, and Theresa and Derek Picchioni: Son Gerrick (Cory) Angel of Billings, children: Braydhan, D’Mitri, and Luram; Daughter Aprell Angel of Billings; children Andrew and Anthony Nottingham, and Cielo Adame-Angel; Son Quincy Angel of Billings; Daughter Amanda (Josh) Shaver of Billings, children: Cyler and Jayson Angel, and Angel and Jadlyn Shaver; Daughter Ashley (Chris Gilstrap) McClammy, children Maddie and Marshall Gilstrap, and 5 great grandchildren.
Tom’s Viewing Service will be Saturday at Smith Funeral Home Downtownfrom 11AM to 1PM
Graveside Services will be on Monday at 9:00 AM at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel but DUE to COVID, guests limited to 50, in which we are asking for family only during the service. Friends are welcome to Stand outside the pavilion grounds or sit in their car during the services. Services will also be available virtually on the Smith Funeral Chapel Facebook page.
Gathering after services for family and friends are set for Monday at noon at the LDS Church pavilion off of Monad.